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The final phase of the live firing exercise and closing ceremony of the Pakistan-Egypt Joint Air Defence Exercise 'Sky Guards-1' held in Cairo, Egypt on Friday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The military's media wing stated that troops of Pakistan Army Air Defence, Pakistan Air Force Air Defence and Egyptian Air Defence Forces participated in the first-ever exercise of this kind.

“The two weeks long exercise was focused on the integration, synchronization, information gathering, interoperability and decision making of committing the air defence assets in a battle to offer an aggressive and prompt response to hostile air threat,” the ISPR added.

Commander Army Air Defence Command (AAD) Lieutenant General Hamood Uz Zaman Khan witnessed the closing ceremony as the chief guest.

The chief guest also witnessed a live-fire demonstration of different weapons including the Igla man-potable air defence missile by Pakistan Army Air Defence and the Crotale missile by Pakistan Airforce Air Defence, the ISPR further stated.

“Commander Army Air Defence Command lauded the professionalism of participating troops and emphasized the need to be abreast with emerging trends and techniques,” the military’s media wing added.

Pakistan Ambassador to Egypt Sajid Bilal, Air Vice Marshal Abdul Moeed Khan, Director General Air Operations PAF, Observer Brig-Gen Emad Hagi from Bahrain and a large number of military officials from both countries attended the ceremony.